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February 2017

josh
josh

@belle and I recently decided to shift our marketing angle somewhat: now, building our personal profiles is just as important as content for any of the products, because the more visible we are, the more that flows back to what we make. So in the spirit of being more visible, I went and did a blog post. That’s two this year already! Crazy. I wrote about why I own a phone with a hardware keyboard in 2017 (but you shouldn’t). #blogging #content

January 2017

December 2016

blackshaman
blackshaman

Hello LittleLogs! Since my last log here I have:

  • finished reading another couple of books setting up my #GoodReadsChallenge at 27/25. Not bad!
  • took a flight to Scotland to spent both Christmas and New Year’s Eve with the Significant Other. Too bad he’s a doctor and he’ll be working all night tonight 🙁
  • decided to go for HSK (#Chinese proficiency test) in February 2017. I will have to adjust my study schedule accordingly in future weeks.
  • produced a lot of #blog #content before the end of the year. It was hard but I’m hugely proud to say that I did it!

2016 has been a tough but also satifying year. Happy 2017, the Year of the Rooster!

belle
belle

Finished off my second #client #content article for the week today, as well as editing two previous articles.

Also signed an official job offer today! I’ll talk more about that in the future, but the paperwork is done so it’s real! No more freelancing for a while 😊🎉

belle
belle

Had two calls this week relating to my work situation for 2017. Nothing official yet, but something very promising in the works, and hopefully I can announce that soon.

Other than that I’ve been just slogging through all my #client #content work lately. Today I wrote up a new draft and edited another article that was due today.

November 2016

blackshaman
blackshaman

Somewhat disappointed for not having been able to work on #blog #content yesterday. I had a rather relaxed/chilled out day mostly made of #readings and #tvseries [finished watching #ColdCase season 4!]. I did manage to do both #anki and #memrise for #Chinese first thing in the morning. I started writing stuff in my new 2017 #planner which is from Japanese brand #Muji. Oh and I also baked my very own bread loaf yesterday! Very proud of that 🙃

#latelog

blackshaman
blackshaman

I’m trying to find new balance since I decided to devote 85% of my productive time to my professional training as an #archivist.

I’ve finished inventoring the two files I was working on today for work I, reviewed my current #anki deck and started practicing #Chinese on #Memrise.

Once at home I finished scanning the articles I was interested to from a library book on #shamanism (that can now be returned) and then produced some #content from my #blog (though I didn’t publish the post like I was supposed to).

Watched an episode of #ColdCase after dinner and now I’m ready to finish my crime novel that will bring me to 23/25 books for my #GoodReads challenge 🙂

belle
belle

Spent quite a bit of time putting together new pitches for #client #content work this afternoon. A couple of my clients have cut back my workload, so I’m in panic mode again about having enough work in the future. A stop gap job isn’t very good if it’s not stable while you work on your side project! Debating different options for improving that situation, but don’t want to take my focus off #HelloCode if I can help it.

Also published a planner review on my #blog that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while, and wrote up a long post about my analogue planner setup for next year. And did some final edits on another draft I had waiting, so I think I’ll hit my goal of publishing 4 posts on my blog this month!

Also published a short post on the #exist blog and sent it out in the blog #newsletter.

belle
belle

Yesterday I finished up my #client #content work for the week. Really need to get onto client work earlier in future weeks so it doesn’t bleed into my weekend. I’m also adjusting my schedule to take on more client work in working weeks, but have one week off every month.

Also caught up with a friend on Friday who’s been travelling for more than a year. It was nice to catch up, but it made me realise how little progress I’ve made in the past year, which made me sad. I’d planned to be working full-time on #HelloCode by the end of this year but we’ve struggled to grow so much that end of next year is looking more likely. #laterlog

blackshaman
blackshaman

A bit tired tonight but happy to wrap things up.

Work 1 had its to do list all cleared up and even some tasks that have been dealt with in advance for next week. I’m behind on my work 2 though, as everyday new things come up and it becomes quite hard to stick to a plan. Got stuff done anyway.

As for #Chinese, I reviewed my #Anki decks twice again, and it feels incredibly right to be honest. Will I be able to keep it up?

Also wrote some #content for my #blog today and I quite enjoyed doing so. Read about 50 pages of my #currentnovel during lunch time.

#GirlmoreGirls S01E19 is waiting for me on #Netflix right now :) I should also add that documenting my achievements here on #littlelogs for two days ina row feels like a realization to me!

belle
belle

Ahh keep forgetting to log lately! Here’s what I’ve done over the past couple days:

October 2016

blackshaman
blackshaman

Working on both #content and #editing for the #blog today. Also posted a photo on my personal #instagram account. From an offline point of view, I worked on trying to adjust my yearly #goals to the very last part of the year to see what realistically can be accomplished in these remaining two months. Also finished reading the Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley today, liked it a lot and also reached 88% of my reading challenge on #GoodReads.

belle
belle

I’ve been refreshing the Google Store orders page all day, waiting for my new Pixel phone to ship! It’s finally shipped now, so I’m refreshing the parcel tracking page instead 😏

In other news, I did quite the catch-up today on #client #content work. I drafted two of my three articles due this week, and followed up all my client emails. Looks like with another productive day tomorrow I’ll have the weekend free for #exist for #ios work.

belle
belle

Wrote and sent a #client #content article today. Also set up a short Google form to send to my clients to get some feedback on my work, so I can keep improving. Sent it out to two clients today and got one response already. This morning I started drafting a new, short writing project I’ve had in mind for a little while, and also started working on another project I thought of today. Both shouldn’t take too long, but I need to be disciplined enough to get them finished and released!

September 2016

belle
belle

What a day! Powered through all my #client #content email work - planning deadlines, pitching new ideas, etc. That’s one of the worst parts of my job, for sure. Also did some editing for an article I submitted last week. Good to have that done.

belle
belle

Yesterday I did an interview for a podcast, and otherwise spent most of the day reading and working on topic ideas to pitch for #client #content work. Feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, as there’s plenty of client work to do, and work on #exist to be done, but I also really want to work on a bunch of ideas to increase my product income so I can rely less on freelancing. Too much to do! #laterlog

belle
belle

#uni day today. Watched this week’s lecture and read my textbook. Also did some research into magazines I could pitch for work. Learning very little overall, so pretty sure I won’t keep going with this degree when this unit is over. Considering switching to a psychology degree instead, as I think that would be applicable to my #writing work, but I need to think it over some more.

Also followed up some emails but I’m putting off pitching new #client #content work. Pitching is the bane of my existence these days. It’s like pulling teeth, and never gets any easier. I don’t know how other writers do it.

belle
belle

Finally got through all my #client #content work for the week. Not sure why I’ve been so slow at this lately, but this week was extra hard because I took on one more article than I normally would. Anyway, all done and sent off so I can relax and enjoy the #AFL tonight :)

belle
belle

Forgot to log yesterday! Here’s what I did:

  • Sent off 3 #client invoices for last week
  • Finally edited a client #content article I’d been struggling with, and sent it off
  • Pitched some new topics to a client (100% were accepted! yay!)
  • Figured out (sort of) an #xcode issue I was having with provisioning profiles so I could send an update of #exist for #ios to my beta testers
  • sent my weekly #newsletter
  • did some reading for #uni
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